1. Why did Mathilde Loisel decide to borrow this particular necklace? In what ways does her choice imply the nature of her values?
2. Why didn’t Mathilde simply go to her friend and confess that she had lost the necklace, asking for time to raise the funds needed to replace it? What would have happened if she had? Alternatively, why didn’t Mathilde change her mind and confess during the ten-year interval?
3. How has Mathilde changed during these ten years? Does she in any sense grow or benefit from the experience? Do we admire her more? Explain.
4. What do you imagine will happen after the surprising revelation about the jewels? Would Mathilde seek some kind of compensation?